Grateful Dead Live at Cumberland County Civic Center on 1986-03-27
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Source: FOB(CENTER)>AUD>MC>CDR Neumann U87's>Uher CR240>Maxell XLII 90 Cass. Master>Marantz Pro CDR 500 Paul Hogan recording. Note: Original seed (shnid#5003) was TAO. Someone fixed it and uploaded it to TOL in 3/03.
- Portland, ME
- FOB(CENTER)>AUD>MC>CDR Neumann U87's>Uher CR240>Maxell XLII 90 Cass. Master>Marantz Pro CDR 500 Paul Hogan recording. Note: Original seed (shnid#5003) was TAO. Someone fixed it and uploaded it to TOL in 3/03.
Subject: 31 years later Spanish Jam
This show was fun fun fun along with the entire tour. 1st set had us wondering what's up 2nd set is ok song selection wise. Bertha mid set.... Wang dang mid set... Revolutionary ? What was that we wondered.
As far as recording it is top notch. so if your checking it out for first time it is well worth your time. I don't give to many 5 star ratings and this one is not one anyway. That said it's a strong 4 star for sound and 1st set.
2nd set Spanish jam is very good. My favorite is from Park West 9 4 83.
Subject: Happy 30th 3.27.86
Subject: max creek to deadshow
Subject: This source plays about 1/2 step fast/sharp
Subject: First Show
Subject: Rolling Hard
As for the show it is one of the best of '86. It was all down hill from here with the occational peak and valley, but after '85 the Dead lost their ability to play killer sounding shows night after night. I love how I can pick any show from '68-'85 and listen to it the whole way through! I just can't do that after '86, but that dosen't mean they didn't play a lot of kick ass shows in their latter days. I would take the Dead on their worst day over any other bands best performace! Miss you Jerry!
Subject: Really fun show
Subject: A biased review
Subject: revolutionary horseshit blues
this was a great show. had a great time and this tape is great sound quality. sometimes i love the way these aud recordings capture the hall. cc civic had great warm sound, and yes you could feel between the cracks on the floor and touch the ice. novel for someone who was high (not me, of course). at the time bobby's out of tune guitar was as painful as it is here on eyes (why i rate it 3 instead of four).
i agree that spring 86 definitely had its moments. but you could also feel a weirdness in the air that i mention in my other reviews (along with how jboyaguar needs to keep his dayjob. his nightjob won't ever pay).
does anyone remember if this was the show that bob was climbing the rafters during the solo in sugar mag? what a ham!
At the time, I felt as though I was witnessing the beginning of the decline. I spent the first set on the floor trying not to stare at what appeared to be hostile, sweaty purple faces. By the second set I was up near the rafters seated next to several patrons lying prone and apparently unconcious. Garcia changed his effects so many times during his solo on Peggy-O that it sounded like a soundcheck, and, as mentioned previously, Wier's guitar sounded like absolute crap on eyes...to the point where it made you feel kind of uncomortable.
In the years that followed, I came to understand that sloppy, controlled chaos was sort of normal for the period. In the context of the era, this is an exellent show. Full of tremendous hyperactive energy (china-rider), and the sound is simply amazing. Just like it sounded in the civic center that night. Lots of natural echo, bottom end and above average clarity.
I give it 4 stars for sounding so joyously energetic almost 20 years after it sounded so horrible in person.
Subject: Underated Tour!
Someone mentioned Jerry jamming into drums at this one. This was an interesting tour, in that some of the musicians took turns playing solo into the drums segment (which is not to imply that drummers are not musicians!). I haven't listened to them all lately, but I recall Jerry and Brent each having a turn doing so in Hampton on this tour. Both were unusual and impressive.
Don't buy the negative hype about '86 until you've listened to the spring tour for yourself!
These Portland shows were particularly good. The venue was practically cozy, for this period. Something like 8000 people. They used to cover the ice (it's a hockey arena) with plywood, but the ice kept the venue cool, even when the band heated things up!
I also wonder why Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues didn't live on. A great song, and this performance is worth a listen for the novelty of that one alone.
And why do people dis audience recordings? SBDs are great in their own way, but after all, we used to travel hundreds of miles to hear ... yep, the audience sound! I like SBDs too, but audience recording sound more like the real thing to me, speaking as someone who saw many, many shows.
Subject: nice place
Subject: 03/27/86 set 2/first steps on the bus
Subject: nice recording!
Subject: Another Ripper........
I was at this show too....but of course it was the highest ive ever been in my life, which may account for why i didnt notice...
(had this tape, tho)
Subject: Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues
Great sounding audience recording, so I'll give this one four stars for that.
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